Daily Archives: May 11, 2007

How far will ethanol boom take us?

How far will ethanol boom take us?

By Elton Robinson
Delta Farm Press

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USDA’s chief economist sees a continuation of the ethanol boom over the next few years, with more ethanol production plants coming on line and bigger corn crops needed to feed them. Long term, ethanol’s future will depend largely on policy decisions on tax credits and perhaps the growth of cellulosic ethanol.

Keith Collins speaking at the Farm Foundation’s Biofuel, Food and Feed Tradeoffs conference in St. Louis, says one thing is sure for the next few years — there’s money to be made in biofuel

“The value of U.S. crude oil imports is $220 billion a year and the total value of U.S. crop production is $134 billion. That ought to tell you that if you can get a slice of those crude oil imports, you can have a real jolt for crop production in the United States.”


Understanding Vaccines — Vaccination Considerations

Understanding Vaccines — Vaccination Considerations

By Lee Bob Harper, DVM, Pfizer Animal Health

Are you following protocols to maximize your calf vaccination results? Here’s a checklist of strategies to consider. Getting calves on feed and acclimated at the feedlot is everyone’s goal to increase performance and decrease morbidity. Vaccination plays an important role in that process. Here are some strategies that can help aid in vaccination program effectiveness.



New, Softer Version Of R-CALF Is Up & Running

New, Softer Version Of R-CALF Is Up & Running

Troy Marshall

Beef Magazine

Most people with a passion for the industry see three industry organizations as even more disruptive than what two proved to be. However, the newest organization — the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) — already appears to have assumed status as the legitimate opposition group to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).

Initially, according to votes and board membership, one would have said that Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-CALF) was splitting right down the middle. But as things have progressed, that appears not to be the case. The majority of R-CALF’s committee leadership, and certainly the leaders with the closest ties to actual cattlemen, appear to be joining the new USCA.



Implants in suckling heifer calves intended for cow herd replacements

Implants in suckling heifer calves intended for cow herd replacements

Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

      Growth implants have not been widely used in heifer calves because of concern by herd managers about detrimental effects on subsequent reproductive performance of heifers kept as herd replacements. Currently three implants Synovex-C®, Component E-C® (estradiol and progesterone), and Ralgro® (zeranol) have been given FDA approval for use on potential replacement heifer calves. Past reviews of this subject have been quite thorough and generally concluded that one implant given at or after the heifer is 2 months of age has very little impact on future reproductive performance (Hargrove, 1994 and Deutscher, 1994). Also these reviews have both concluded that implanted heifers have significantly greater pelvic area when measured at about one year of age, but these differences are indeed very small at the time the heifer is delivering her first calf at or about two years of age. Consequently, the data on dystocia rate indicates that implanted heifers have no less calving difficulty than do non-implanted counterparts. 


New CIDR Based Synchronization System Gives Another Fixed Time AI Option

New CIDR Based Synchronization System Gives Another Fixed Time AI Option

Dr. John B. Hall, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, VA Tech and

Dr. Dee Whittier, DVM, Extension Veterinarian, VA Tech.

Last year we reported on a Fixed Time AI system (CO-Synch+CIDR) that has become widely recommended in the industry for AI breeding of postpartum cows on a single day. http://www.ext.vt.edu/news/periodicals/livestock/aps-06_10/aps-367.html ).  Our work in Virginia indicates this program results in pregnancy rates of 55 % to 65% to fixed-time AI (FTAI).  In field studies in Missouri, the CO-Synch+CIDR system averaged 65% pregnancy rate in over 3000 cows in 35 herds.  The range in their studies was 57% to 72% AI pregnancy rate.  It should be noted that all herds were well managed with cows in good body condition.


Beef Returns to the Boston Marathon

Beef Returns to the Boston Marathon

Cattle Today

A volunteer beef brigade learned that many consumers will find and enjoy beef, even in the middle of a wild Nor’easter storm. The Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative (NEBPI), a project of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and several northeast state beef councils, braved what Boston media called “Monsoon Monday” to serve 4,000 barbecue beef samples and promote lean beef during the nation’s most famous foot race, April 16.

The severe weather kept all but 200,000 of the race’s heartiest fans on the sidelines. But that proved to be a blessing in disguise for reaching consumers with samples and information about healthy beef, said Kelly Dietrich, director of public relations for the beef checkoff initiative. Representatives of the Beef Checkoff Program’s National Beef Ambassadors assisted at the beef booth.


Ag leaders weigh in on Minnesota’s beef industry

Ag leaders weigh in on Minnesota’s beef industry

By Dick Hagen

The Land

For a broader perspective on the health of the Minnesota beef industry, The Land talked with Ron Eustice, executive director of the Minnesota Beef Council; Joe Martin, Minnesota Department of Agriculture; and Dale Lueck, Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association.

Q: Is the Minnesota beef industry healthy?